2020 March Madness Contenders

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019 by Brandy

Teen Book ChampAt the Daniel Boone Regional Library, preparation for March Madness begins in December when we announce our 16 most popular teen books. This gives you over two months to read these titles and get ready to vote for your favorites in the spring. You have through Sunday, March 8 to vote for your favorite 8 books. Then, the competition heats up, as each week in March, young adults vote to narrow down the list of contenders until a single title emerges as the Mid-Missouri teen book champion!

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 2: Vote March 10-15 for the Final 4
  • Round 3: Vote March 17-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 24- April 2 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 3: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round. Continue reading “2020 March Madness Contenders”

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Brandy

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through October 12. Thousands of ballots were cast for the 25 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country.

Youth ages 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2020 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Submit a book title now through December 31 to be included in the pool of possible 2020 candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2019. Continue reading “2019 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced”

Pumpkin Art Contest Winners

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Brandy

The Columbia Public Library received 11 submissions for this year’s Pumpkin Art Contest. We invited area adults and teens to celebrate their favorite book with a hand-carved or painted pumpkin. Entries were then put on display during Tuesday’s Pumpkin Parade where over 100 children determined the winners by voting for their favorites. Each of our patron winners will receive a gift card to the Candy Factory. Continue reading “Pumpkin Art Contest Winners”

Dark and Eerie Reads

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Rachel

When the weather gets cooler, I feel my favorite time has come. Longer nights! Candied apples! Apple cider! (Okay, pumpkin spice is fine, but not for me.) Cooler weather also brings in another chill – stories that take us safely into the dark to explore zombies, serial killers and monsters. With that, I hope you enjoy this sampling of spooky Young Adult reads. Check out the full list in the the library’s catalog. Continue reading “Dark and Eerie Reads”

Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Brandy

FAFSA FrenzyThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary form used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. More importantly, this application is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help high school students and their families successfully complete this online application process. They will be hosting several sessions of this free event at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these four sessions. Continue reading “Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA”

Call for Entries: Pumpkin Art Contest

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Brandy

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Celebrate your favorite book with a hand-carved or painted pumpkin and be a part of our Pumpkin Parade at the Columbia Public Library on October 29. Kid judges will vote for their favorites and three winners will receive a gift card. Turn submissions in all day Monday, October 28 or before noon on Tuesday, October 29. Artists need not be present to win. We’ll provide flame-less tea light candles for carved pumpkins.

Adults and youth ages 12 and older.

Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Dana

DBRL is hosting six different programs at the  Callaway County Public Library  and Columbia Public Library to help you prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. All across the world, beginners and seasoned writers alike will spend this month trying to complete a novel in just 30 days, with the help of an online community. Learn how to sign up, sketch out a plan to get started and get tips on writing your first draft. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft. Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”

Strategies for the ACT

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Brandy

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Later next month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “Strategies for the ACT.” Join us on Wednesday, October 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.  to learn about the structure of this college entrance exam, the most common traps and the best ways to beat the time crunch. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will discuss each of the four sub-tests on the ACT and provide strategies for maximizing your scores.

This program is for families with children in grades 9-12. Both parents and students are welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, September 24. To sign-up, call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you:

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Brianna

We’ve had another amazing season of Summer Reading at the Daniel Boone Regional Library! After surveying the teen book reviews that were submitted throughout June, July and August, I’ve compiled a list of the most popular reading trends. I loved seeing what you all enjoyed, and I’ve added quite a few titles to my personal To-Be-Read list. Continue reading “Most Popular Books of Summer Reading”

Voting Begins for 2019 Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Brandy

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a “teen choice” list where young adults nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. This project is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Fifteen young adult book clubs from school and public libraries nationwide are responsible for determining a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)

Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 25 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week. Readers ages 12-18 are now invited to vote online through October 12 to narrow this list to the top ten selections.

The winning titles will be announced the week of October 14. Be sure to subscribe to our our email newsletter so you can stay updated!